Mike Smith Out, Bruce Bowen In

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#1 Sep 21, 2017 3:57pm
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Mike Smith Out, Bruce Bowen In

 

Per LA Times...............Smith had been doing color on Clipper games for 19 years.

Also hired Jeanne Zelasko as pre and post game radio host, replacing James Koh.

Sep 21, 2017 4:20pm
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Did Smith choose to step away, or was it the Clippers that made the decision?

 

 

Sep 21, 2017 4:56pm
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That sucks.
Sep 21, 2017 5:01pm
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Boo! no

Sep 21, 2017 5:16pm
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Bruce Bowen cmon now.  Should have been don mclean

Sep 21, 2017 5:31pm
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Bruce speaks well:

https://youtu.be/sinLa-aSAgY

The Clippers had to wait for Chris Paul to leave before they could hire Bruce:

https://youtu.be/RmI4r1XviVI

Sep 21, 2017 6:11pm
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That's a shame. I always liked the combination of Ralph and Mike and thought Mike did a good job. I wonder what happened.

Sep 21, 2017 8:09pm
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What?! Noooooo !!!!!!!

They were GOAT together...

Settle down Mike Smith....

cryingcryingcryingcryingcrying

Sep 21, 2017 8:09pm
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awwww i love mike smith

Sep 21, 2017 8:45pm
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People LIKED Mike Smith? Personally, I'm looking forward to this season even more now because we don't have to hear that homer's takes anymore.

Sep 21, 2017 10:02pm
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I'll miss Ralph telling him to settle down more than I'll miss him, but he wasn't bad.  Maybe Bruce can come teach our guys some defense.

Sep 21, 2017 10:23pm
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gilp5 wrote:

That's a shame. I always liked the combination of Ralph and Mike and thought Mike did a good job. I wonder what happened.

 

I agree.  I liked their broadcasting together.

Sep 21, 2017 10:24pm
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DoubleTechnical wrote:

What?! Noooooo !!!!!!!

They were GOAT together...

Settle down Mike Smith....

cryingcryingcryingcryingcrying

 

Are there any other long running jokes in sports broadcasting history?

Sep 22, 2017 3:45am
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I wouldn't say he was great at his job, but the chemistry he had with Ralph livened up the broadcast.

Sep 22, 2017 7:46am
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I am disappointed by this news.

Sep 22, 2017 8:08am
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The thing about Bowen, is that he's probably a better studio analyst than a commentator.

 

A commentator should be fun.

 

As a studio analyst, having a dry, reserved approach would work better.

Sep 22, 2017 8:08am
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Olowokandi34 wrote:

Bruce Bowen cmon now.  Should have been don mclean

 

What WWE event in history would you compare this to?

Sep 22, 2017 8:33am
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Olowokandi34 wrote:

Bruce Bowen cmon now.  Should have been don mclean

Unfortunately this smells a bit like a "diversity" move. and if that's the case that wouldn't work.
Sep 22, 2017 8:59am
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The Times said he was "let go" which means he was fired.  Not sure the reason why other than the Clippers may want more diversity on the broadcast team.  I am sorry to see him go too.  This is a very sad summer indeed.  We lost CP3, Jamal, JJ Reddick, and now Smith.  Only thing that is going to salvage the upcoming season is if we win some games and finish over .500.  And Blake making a strong comeback and staying injury free for the bulk of the season.  Otherwise this season is going to suck.

Sep 22, 2017 9:34am
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tullabye wrote:
Olowokandi34 wrote:

Bruce Bowen cmon now.  Should have been don mclean

Unfortunately this smells a bit like a "diversity" move. and if that's the case that wouldn't work.

Wow, you are really a giant douchebag.

Sep 22, 2017 9:45am
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The rumor is that Clippers wanted Reggie Miller, but he was unavailable for that many games (thank god). 

There is also some speculating that Ralph is wanting to retire and replacing both of them would be hard to do in the same season. My guess is that Sieman comes on next year with Bruce. 

I like the move. It seems like slowly but surely Ballmer is making moves and thinking about every aspect. 

Sep 22, 2017 10:26am
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To me, there wouldn't be any more diversity going from Smith to Bowen since both were former players.  Similar type of perspective.

 

If they brought in someone with a different background, such as a former scout, GM, or coach, then that would bring more diversity.  If that's what they were aiming for.

Sep 22, 2017 10:28am
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Bowen would have been fine if Smith hadn't already been here for so long.

Sep 22, 2017 10:29am
Sep 22, 2017 10:34am
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This might be the biggest (most surprising) news of the offseason.

 

Even with Paul leaving, the possibility had been talked about for a few months prior to that.

 

Except for Dyce, who yawned the night before the trade.

 

Jun 27, 2017 10:50pm =nuraman00 wrote:

Dyce wrote:

Zzzzzzz...

 

What caliente babe are you dreaming about?

 

No one had considered a broadcasting change.

 

 

Sep 22, 2017 10:33am
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I agree with the Boo's.  Lame. Who's idea was this?   Bowen should broadcast for the Spurs.  He has no ties with us.

Sep 22, 2017 10:35am
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ClipsAhoy wrote:

I agree with the Boo's.  Lame. Who's idea was this?   Bowen should broadcast for the Spurs.  He has no ties with us.

 

I don't like Elliot as a broadcaster, but he already is entrenched there.

 

I guess there was an unexpected opening here.

 

It would be funny if Bowen broadcasted for the Suns, a team the Spurs frequently played in the playoffs.

Sep 22, 2017 10:38am
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nuraman00 wrote:

Olowokandi34 wrote:

Bruce Bowen cmon now.  Should have been don mclean

 

What WWE event in history would you compare this to?

Booker T screwing Stone cold over at no mercy in 2001 or 2002 and Jericho becoming the first ever undisputed champion!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GVWYw8YECY

Sep 22, 2017 10:43am
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nuraman00 wrote:

https://www.clipsnation.com/2017/9/21/16348308/mike-smith-replaced-as-clippers-tv-analyst-by-bruce-bowen

 

https://clipperholics.com/2017/09/21/la-clippers-hire-ralph-lawler-a-new-partner-in-the-booth/

 

The first article says Smith had been broadcasting for 19 years with the Clippers.

 

The second says 15 years.

 

Which is correct?

 

EDIT:  I see, Smith did 4 years on the radio before joining Ralph.

Sep 22, 2017 10:47am
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I've never heard of Lucas Hann, but here's a podcast discussing the move.

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6324478-locked-on-clippers-9-22-2017-mike-smith-bruce-bowen-and-player-previews

 

This is probably more Clipper radio (podcast = radio) talk than 570 does.

Sep 22, 2017 2:38pm
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Kerley wrote:

The rumor is that Clippers wanted Reggie Miller, but he was unavailable for that many games (thank god). 

There is also some speculating that Ralph is wanting to retire and replacing both of them would be hard to do in the same season. My guess is that Sieman comes on next year with Bruce. 

I like the move. It seems like slowly but surely Ballmer is making moves and thinking about every aspect. 

No Ralph needs to stay forever.